Archive for January 13, 2023

Week 18 Wrap Up and Week 19 Preview

Greetings Designers and Design Families!

We are back! It was great to be back with students this week, and teachers wasted no time in getting right to work doing amazing project based learning with our students: Grade 9 started laying the ground work for a food-focused Exhibition project, graphic design students started to stretch their legs in Photoshop, and English 11 students did mini-presentations on songs that shaped them in the year 2022.

Last week, the Da Vinci Design staff had a special opportunity to spend the day on-site with industry partner RIOS! RIOS is a local architecture and design firm that hosted the DVD staff for a day of learning about real world design practices, connecting with design professionals, and working with their grade level teams to plan authentic projects for the semester. DVD staff then had the opportunity the next day to pitch project ideas to feedback panels with industry partners, too. Our teachers and faculty are hard at work preparing amazing, real-world projects for our students! See below for a few photos from our field trip to RIOS.

Next week, we have a special schedule thanks to the holiday on Monday, 1/16, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. We hope that students and families are able to rest and reflect on this day in honor of MLK’s important message and legacy of civil rights and social justice.

Key Dates and Upcoming Events:

  • Monday, January 16th: NO SCHOOL – Martin Luther King Jr Holiday
  • Wednesday, January 18th @4:30pm: School Site Council Meeting #3
    • Zoom Link:
    • Agenda: 1) School Updates, 2) School Stakeholder Survey Review
  • Wednesday, February 1st: Coffee w/ Admin Parent Session
        (Two Sessions: 8am & 5pm, via Zoom – all parents welcome!)
  • Friday, February 3rd: NO SCHOOL – Staff Development Day

DVD Highlight: Staff Field Trip to RIOS

El Camino Dual Enrollment Course Opportunity Spring 2023

Hey Designers,

Below is the information for El Camino’s Dual Enrollment course offering for Spring 2023:

Who:   Current Juniors and Seniors

What: College courses at Da Vinci, through El Camino College. Courses meet transfer requirements for most Cal State and UC campuses, as well as most private colleges and universities.

Why:   Get a jump on your college credits! If you do well, it also looks great on your college applications.

Cost:   Free! The state of California and Da Vinci Schools pick up the costs, including textbook fees. Donations to help cover the cost of the textbooks for families that are able to are appreciated.

Where: Classes will be held virtually and are synchronous on Canvas, the El Camino College student portal.

Dual enrollment forms must be completed and submitted to your counselor by January 24th.

Click the link here for the Dual Enrollment form.

BUS 101- Intro to Business

(Synchronous Class)

AJ 100- Intro to Administration of Justice

(Synchronous Class)

This course is a survey of organization and management factors influencing the establishment, location, and operation of businesses. This course emphasizes the functional area of accounting as well as the legal framework within which business activities are conducted. The course also emphasizes the principles of Total Quality Management (TQM) in a multicultural and globalized environment.



3 units; 2.5 hours lecture

Transfer CSU,UC

Mondays & Wednesdays from 3:00pm – 4:15pm

 Start Date: Monday, February 13th 2023 (ends week of June 9th)

This course introduces students to the characteristics of the criminal justice system in the United States. Focus is placed on examining crime measurement, theoretical explanations of crime, responses to crime, components of the system, and current challenges to the system. The course examines the evolution of the principles and approaches utilized by the justice system and the evolving forces which have shaped those principles and approaches. Although justice structure and process are examined in a cross context, emphasis is placed on the United States justice system, particularly the structure and function of police, courts, and corrections. Students are introduced to the origins and development of criminal law, legal process, sentencing, and incarceration policies.


3 units; 2.5 hours lecture

Transfer CSU, UC

Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3:00pm – 4:15pm

Start Date: Tuesday, February 14th 2023

(ends week of June 9th).

*Note: Some CSU/ UC transferable courses have credit limitations. For details, see a counselor, the Transfer Center adviser, or

If you are interested please see your college counselor to sign up. Please note that these are college courses, taught by college instructors. All students must show their counselor and administrators the academic skills and accountability necessary to be in these courses. Students must abide by the college policies, including regarding absences and tardies.



Black College Expo 2023

Hey Designers,

The 24th Annual Black College Expo™ is happing this month!


Saturday January 28th • 10am to 5pm PST

Los Angeles Convention Center
Kentia Hall • South Building
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015



Seniors and Juniors and College Transfer Students meet one on one with over 40 HBCUs and over 150 other colleges and universities . Get ALL you need to know to WIN! Get Educational Resources. EVERYONE is Welcome…it’s for Students of ALL Ages…Plus…

Get Accepted on the SPOT, students you must bring your transcripts and test scores (12th graders and some colleges may accept 11th graders)

College Transfer Students this is a great opportunity for you to get accepted on the spot! Bring your transcripts from all colleges that you have attended. FREE for College Students just show your ID.

Application fees save hundreds $$$.

Scholarships on the SPOT! And we will be giving away CASH at the STAGE…

Black College Expo™ is 10am to 3pm and the After Show from 3pm to 5pm, featuring a Step Show, “Dance Off” for Cash hosted by our celebrity ambassadors. Everyone has the opportunity to win CASH and prizes!!!

STEAM Technology Pavilion powered by American Honda Foundation.






Announcements From Real World Learning Director (1.12.2023)

Welcome back Da Vinci students and families! I hope you all had a restful and joyful winter break. Please see the real-world learning opportunities below.

For students interested in STEM:

Cal State Dominguez Hills is having an iUrban Teen Summit on Saturday, January 21. It will be a day filled with fun and technology for middle and high school students. They will have workshops, ideation sessions, and even a parent roundtable. The event is free to attend and lunch will be provided. There will also be a raffle of cool prizes. To reserve your spot, click here.

For students interested in leadership and entrepreneurship opportunities:

Hidden Genius is offering a FREE, 15- month, training program that provides Black males in high school with upwards of 800 hours of holistic, trauma/healing-informed, high-touch mentorship and intensive training that seeks to develop youth into strong and responsible leaders equipped with coding and entrepreneurial skills, who can identify and develop tech-enabled solutions to address society’s most compelling challenges. The deadline is February 19. To apply click here.

For students interested in travel opportunities:

National Geographic is hosting a number of webinars related to their summer travel programs. Some destinations include the Canadian Arctic, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Iceland, Thailand, Tokyo, and Yellowstone! These travel experiences come at a cost and applications are now available. To learn more, click here. To learn about other opportunities currently available to students, click here.

To learn about other opportunities currently available to students, click here.

Mentoring Student Entrepreneurs at Da Vinci Design

Eleventh and 12th grade students from the Da Vinci Design Entrepreneurship pathway recently participated in a three-month mentorship program with BUILD culminating in a Diversity Design Challenge. As an entrepreneurship program for high school students, BUILD mentors work closely with high school students to help them develop their own small businesses and become the CEO of their own lives. At a recent pitch event akin to Shark Tank, Da Vinci Design students presented product solutions that would solve everyday challenges in their communities. A few of the product ideas pitched to a panel of community leaders included Sicklings, Crafts-On-The-Go, and Sunshine Inc.

The Sickling is a cute stuffed animal that demonstrates to children what various diseases or illnesses look like. Children with medical implications can use the bear to better understand their condition, mitigate their fears, and help them to feel safe.

Crafts-On-The-Go is an adjustable tray that mounts on a wheelchair to help wheelchair users comfortably perform tasks. The tray can hold various items, but was designed with the artist in mind. The tray can hold an artist’s palette, paint, and paintbrushes.

Sunshine Inc. is an alarm clock that gently awakens the user in a relaxing manner. The alarm clock uses an app to turn the light on over a period of time, which acts to mimic a sunrise. Simultaneously, the device diffuses a citrus oil that students researched to help people wake from sleep.

The panel of non-profit organizations, engineers, and other community leaders provided valuable insight and feedback. In the upcoming months, students will focus on two-to-four of the product ideas and launch them into small businesses. They will refine their products, create a business plan, and flex their marketing skills.

Thank you BUILD for your time, partnership, and mentorship!

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